At Holina, we understand that that when it comes to a long-term successful recovery, addiction treatment in residential rehab is only the beginning. But it’s such an important beginning!.
It’s time to get back to yourself.
Detoxification is a process of abolishing a substance of dependence from the body in a way which does not hinder the body’s physiology. Detoxification often takes a couple of days and half a month to finish, which is contingent upon the substance being abused, the seriousness of reliance and the help accessible to the client. Metabolism plays an important role in an effective detoxification process; some of the eminent enzymes discussed in this review, help in the excretion of xenobiotics. Psychosocial treatments nearby pharmacological medicines are fundamental to improving results. The over-reliance conditions considered in this review are detoxification from opioids with clonidine-naltrexone, buprenorphine and other procedures, and detoxification of benzodiazepines through adjunctive therapies and medications. Detoxification of psychostimulants with propranolol and amantadine is also discussed in detail.
Withdrawal is the medical term used to describe the body’s physical reaction to the removal of any substance upon which it has become dependent. Withdrawal is caused by stopping or dramatically reducing alcohol or drug use after a significant and extended timeframe.
The typical reaction (depending upon which substance the person is dependent upon) may include:
One aspect of addiction is the person’s inability to go through this withdrawal process alone since their mental obsession for comfort and emotional relief is over overwhelming that they are extremely unlikely to maintain their desire to quit for any length of time.
This internal mental obsession struggles to persuade them that a return to their addictive substance or behaviour, even if just for one dose or drink or activity will be sufficient to help them feel better and that they’ll be able to control it afterwards. However, these attempts are always futile because once they have permitted even just one dose, drink, or activity they will find themselves unable to stop from acting out further. This is the very nature of addiction.
Many narcotics require a medically supervised withdrawal period, for instance, fentanyl, heroin, and other painkillers/opiates. Others may not. However, alcohol dependency certainly does require prescribed medical support in a safe and controlled manner. Prescription medications, of all classifications, require medically supervised detox, especially if the person has been using them for an extended period.
Marijuana/weed, crystal meth and cocaine (crack) do not necessarily require a full medically managed detox; however, medical assessment is recommended, particularly as there may be other, unknown, or undiscussed substances involved. Furthermore, there is also a significant, self-induced, mental obsession with these drugs and therefore, a period of stabilization is advised.
Detox, short for detoxification, must be the primary action in any alcohol and/or drug treatment process. It is the process of the body removing toxic material from itself.
Detox must be the initial phase of treatment because until there is no alcohol and /or drugs in a person’s body, the simple process of daily withdrawal will continue to cause huge mental obsessions and always trigger physical cravings. Additionally, whilst intoxicated or under the influence of someone’s addictive substances or behaviours, the client is unable to prepare themselves mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically for the therapeutic experience of treatment within residential rehab.
Until the detox process is completed, someone is simply not ready for recovery and the process will fail to launch.
Detoxification takes anywhere from 5 – 21 days, although there are various factors including (but not limited to) a person’s overall health, age and length of use, and considerably longer with benzodiazepines and other prescribed medications dependencies).
Detoxification is also relevant for many other addictions too. For instance, people with food addictions, need to first cut out and begin to abstain from “trigger” foods – typically, refined sugars and processed carbohydrates.
Or for people with technology addiction, e.g. smartphones, or the internet, a period of abstinence from their devices or the ability to browse online must be enforced for people to withdraw and see their life from a more realistic viewpoint.
For sex addictions, it’s equally important to begin from a place of abstinence, before going on to discover their personal acceptable boundaries.
Prescription drugs such as Hydro codeine, Oxycontin, Xanax, Vicodin and Valium, all require medically supervised detox. Treatment of withdrawal (detox) includes closely monitoring the person’s vital signs, supportive care and medications.
Holina’s holistic approach brings to life a broad and healthy view that meets the 6 primary human needs – certainty, significance, variety, love/connection, growth and contribution.
At Holina, we use this framework to provide a solution to the full range of addictive symptoms, while investing in the most beautiful location for recovery you’re likely to find in Asia and beyond. with the highest quality and prestigious facilities available.
We have a wide selection of accommodation options available when you stay at Holina Rehab, Koh Phangan. We believe your environment and the people around you can make a big difference in your treatment and your overall well-being.
Please enquire about the pricing structure of 24/7 medically managed detox, supervised by Doctors and nurses, licensed as an inpatient hospital on the contact form below.
Holina Village is a safe and contained space designed for young people from the age of 16 to 26, who are choosing to deal with their addictions.
Specialising in healing our emotions and expanding our spirit through our beautiful retreat in Koh Phangan.
Holina Rehabilitation Services are also available in Europe at our new Holina Youth Village in Cyprus where we welcome the younger generation who have addictions and more commonly online and behavioural addictions. We also cater for the corporate and business world with our Spiritual Retreats at our forthcoming location on Koh Phangan Island.
If the substances you consume, or your behaviour or attitude is getting you into trouble or having a negative impact on your life, The River Rehab may be an important option for you to consider. Not only will we provide you with the tools that you need, but we will also give you access to customized levels of treatment that will enable you to literally reinvent your life.
We treat the disease of addiction, which incorporates all substance dependencies, including alcohol, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, ketamine, heroin, methadone, Subutex, morphine, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, psychedelics, ecstasy, solvents, and legal (prescribed) medication addictions, as well as other process and behavior addictions such as sex, love, gaming, gambling, internet or technologies, shopping, food, exercise and co-dependency. We believe that addiction is a disease of the mind, from which we can recover, one day at a time.
We are a residential rehab experience, with a minimum of one month commitment. People are not permitted to come by and visit or look around unless an appointment has been made. This is to protect the privacy and the space for our residents and to keep them safe. We are not a day care facility or outpatient service. We only serve those people looking for a fully immersive experience.
Our minimum commitment is 4 weeks. Even considering that it’s possible to overcome an addiction with any long-lasting effect for any shorter period is simply unrealistic, and likely unethical. Whilst our minimum commitment is 4 weeks, many, probably most of our residents stay 6 to 8 weeks and some up to 12 weeks (the full program length).
We will discourage this until after week 9. Whilst it may be nice to think that your family are supportive and want to encourage you, it’s a huge distraction from treatment for the individual, and our collective observations (in other facilities) are that in over 66% of these visits it leads to disruption, early self-discharge, and often relapse. That said, please know we’re a treatment centre driven by your success and we do know that your success is significantly improved when family members are engaged in their loved one’s recovery. So if you would like to organise either a zoom call with your family and your primary therapist, or an actual family visit on site, we would encourage this towards the end of your treatment experience.
We appreciate that you will be away from your loved ones for fairly long periods of time, and that connection to them is important. Sometimes work or business calls are important to you. We will always find ways to help you facilitate these relationships.
We have decided that in today’s modern age of technology that it is important that you recover with your smart devices, and not in spite of them. So it is our policy that you keep all your digital devices unless a Digital detox is specifically part of your treatment or your addiction is related to the internet or gaming, or other smart devices. This policy is reviewed on a case by case basis if a resident is observed to be spending too much of their attention on their device rather than the other residents. We are also mindful of people with sex addiction who may be navigating the internet to act out. Meanwhile We have super-fast internet across the resort, and all the bedrooms have Smart TVs running You Tube and Netflix etc.
Yes you may. Whilst we’d love to encourage you to quit whilst youre with us, we acknowledge that many people still smoke So you may smoke on the balcony of your room, or in the dedicated smoking sala in the lounge area.
Koh Phangan is a warm climate all year round. It is typically in the low to mid 30s*c / low 90s*f during the day, and at night it rarely goes under 23*c / mid 70s*f Sometimes it rains, usually for up to 30 minutes, which serves at cooling down the air. Occasionally it may rain for longer periods (typically in October or November), though this doesn’t interfere with treatment particularly.
Pack as if you were coming on holiday to a tropical paradise island in Thailand – which, of course you are. Summer style clothing is recommended (light shirts, T-shirts, shorts, comfortable shoes, sneakers, flip flops / sandals, etc, light, breathable clothing and swimwear for the pool and the beaches. Most of us wear underwear, shorts, T-shirts / Tank Tops / Vests, sneakers, sandals & tongs / flip flops. Active wear for workouts and other fitness activities including swimming, sports shoes, and light wear for yoga. We do physical activities almost every day, so bring a few pairs to allow for laundry times.
There is no need to dress formal or smart. Everything is relaxed, comfort focused and easy going. We have a safe to keep your valuables in, but expensive jewellery and other luxury items are unnecessary. Toiletries: Please bring your own toiletries and hygiene products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving materials, basic makeup, hairbrush, etc. Anything you forget we can purchase from local shops.
Medications: You are allowed to continue using your doctor-prescribed medications while in rehab, but please do bring proof of your prescription. Please keep all your pills in the original packaging so that they are not to be unauthorized narcotics.
Kindly do not bring the following: Alcohol or drugs: It might seem self-explanatory, but some clients may try to sneak in a last-minute hit, fix, pill, can, bottle, etc. Your bags and belongings will be searched when you arrive at Holina. Alcohol or drug paraphernalia: This includes anything that advertises or glorifies the use of alcohol or drugs. This should also include items that display support for criminal acts including terrorism, sex, gambling, or other negatively perceived notions that could upset other residents.
Weapons: There is absolutely no need to bring any knives or weapons with you to Thailand or to treatment. They will be confiscated and destroyed. Toiletries that contain alcohol: Leave any alcohol-based products at home, such as certain mouthwashes, nail polish remover, perfumes, and aerosols.
We have 2 main Chef’s (supported by 2 other Thai chefs) – a Meat focused one and a Vegan Chef. You can advise us of any of your specific dietary needs and we can manage them. We’re used to having people with all types of needs. Nothing unusual there.
Our prices are all inclusive and dependent upon the style of room you choose – shared, single occupancy or private plunge pool villa. You can view our prices here
We don’t have any hidden costs, though there are some costs that should be aware of. We pay for any psychiatric assessments and other mental health professional visits. We ask you to pay for anything non detox or mental health related, including your medications.
We also ask that you have travel or medical insurance in place before you come to us. This is really for any non-detox or psychiatric related problems, like if you fall over and break your arm, or some other uncalculated trip to accident and emergency.
We don’t pay for your flights to and from Koh Samui Airport (USM), but we do cover the cost of getting you from the airport to Holina and we will pay for your return to the airport unless you check out against clinical advice. Typically, our clients spend between US$50 and $75 per month on personal items, such as snacks, sodas, cigarettes, some toiletries, etc, but it’s not necessary to spend any more. Even gift buying on this island is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world.
At this time, residents of most countries around the world are able to come into Thailand and achieve a visa upon entry. We will advise you on this process. It’s very straight forwards.
If you extend your treatment and need a longer visa then we will take care of this for you, and in most instances we will pay for all your visa extensions too.
Currently, there are no requirements for any vaccines to come into Thailand. This includes COVID vaccines or any other historical vaccines previously required. So please don’t worry about this, unless you specifically want to be extra vaccinated.
If you would like to know more about our Holina Addiction Treatment & Detox Programs, please feel free to drop us a quick message here. Please fill in as many details as possible to help us understand your current situation and addiction history.
Coming to Holina is more than just recovery. You will find support here for life. Even after completing treatment, we offer support groups for continuing support on your journey.
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